Friday, August 1, 2014

Last Week Before...

This week is our last week before getting into 3rd grade full on. We have had a nice downtime for the past couple of weeks and both of us are ready for the routine of school again. I will be doing lesson plans this weekend for the next couple of weeks. We are trying a new plan this year of being on for six weeks and off for one week breaks. We haven't really done that before and I think it will be a breath of fresh air and life into our school year. So here's a look back at what we did this week.

I have been working on several reviews for upcoming blog posts. It's always exciting working on reviews and using new products. This helps me find all sorts of new items we can use. Here's one fun review we are working on now.

We are still working on some math so that we don't completely lose our go-juice. He's been doing well and wanting to add more subjects in so that's good.

We are about to start Multiplication so any tips for remembering them would be great!

Boo Bear has been stuck in his room a lot this week by his own choice. He has been having some downtime playing with his LEGOS. He LOVES those things and he amazes me everyday with some of the things he builds.

We also had some fun family time with game night. We all love playing Life and I crack up everytime my son ends up with a car full of younguns. ;-)

Next week will be our first back to school post for the 3rd grade year. Can't wait!

So what have you been up to this week? What exciting adventures have you gone on?

Be sure to link up below and share your fun!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Time To Count Those Blessings....

It's Thursday!! You know what that means! Time to count our blessings! So here goes!

- I'm thankful for a safe delivery and new life brought into the world this week. I can't wait to meet this precious one in a few months ;)

- I'm thankful for a sweet hearted boy who is happy to build amazing contraptions and creations like this one. I'm amazed at his imagination, thought processes and what he does everyday. I can't wait to see what else he's going to come up with.

- I'm thankful that he is ASKING to do more school work. We are starting back up full time slowly but he's ready for more. So here we go!

- I'm thankful for an amazing husband. I fall in love with him more everyday!

- I'm thankful that I feel I'm where God wants me to be. For the first time in a long time, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt. I see Him working in areas of our lives and around us. It's awesome to watch and never ceases to amaze me.

So what are you thankful for this week? Share your blessings with me so I can rejoice with you! Also if you need prayer, I'm here!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Speekee Spanish For Kids Review and Giveaway!

Recently we got to review a new online Spanish program for kids. This is a virtual world for your children to learn Spanish from Spanish speaking children. They are clear speaking and easy to understand. Basically your children learn from their peers and Speekee ,the friendly puppet who helps. 

You can get a basic account for free that has limited access to the teaching videos and the playground,zoo or other areas in town. For a paid subscription, you get access to all the videos that teach your children the language. 

How it works:
Basically your child signs in to their account after you set it up and starts visiting the map and places of your choice. You can click the icons up in the right hand corner to get missions, visit other areas and go back to your home page. Click on the bell to do the missions and earn rewards at your home. 

The purple arrows you see are videos that you can click on. They are short snippets and include stories and action while your children are immersed in the Spanish language. Pictures and words also are on the screen to help you understand as you go along. The videos are almost 15 minutes in length to keep your child' attention. There are star icons along the way which represent challenges. You can answer those challenges/quizzes to get farther along. Your child's progress is recorded and sent to you via email.

My son said he enjoyed working with the videos and after his lesson he would come repeat what he learned. 

There are other options we have not used yet such as the talking with friends option and the emailing friends. Your child can use the chat feature to speak Spanish with other children that are online at the same time. This gives them practice using what they have learned. 

We are still working with this product and learning more everyday. I recommend you check it out and see for yourself if you are looking for a way to add a second language. 

It does take some getting used to when you're working with it. Once I sat down with my son and figured out what to do, it was easy. There are options for children under 7 and over 7. There's a Fast Track button on the bottom that assists you with getting your younger children started and learning.

So now for a giveaway! I get to share a subscription with you, my readers!! Simply enter below and share with your friends to check out this amazing program!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Back to Normal...

We had a wonderful visit with my family this past week and are getting back to our normal routine right now. Homeschool starts back up this week, I think. :-) If not this week we will be starting back officially next week. We are trying to get ourselves back into our normal everyday routine and get ready for getting back into school full time.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures of this weekend and the trip. This was a great weekend spending it with Daddy after being gone for a while. We had a great time and some awesome church service experiences.

Here's our Yoga practicing. We were showing Mimi some poses we like to do when we do Yoga. Here's the cheetah:

This is one of my favorite shots of Boo Bear. He was just in deep thought. I would love to know what he was thinking:

My husband built a cross for our church. The message was Remember Me. We nailed our prayers, worries, struggles etc on the cross and left them there. It's a great reminder that we need to lay our burdens down and leave them there. His yoke is easy and His burden is much lighter than ours.

Here's one of my favorite. My husband and my son laying my son's prayers at the cross.

His little heart is so open and compassionate and I love watching him grow in his relationship with Christ.

So how has your week been going? Are you back in school yet or still on break?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday

I am glad its Thursday :). It means it's time for Thankful Thursday. It's time to stop all the hustle and bustle of the day and time to remember what we have to be thankful for. Here's my list and I'm anxious to hear yours!

- I'm thankful for fun with family. It's been awhile and we finally got to visit again. My kiddo has met new cousins he's never met and we had fun with his favorite uncle :).

- I'm thankful for coffee when I didn't sleep well the night before due to someone kicking me in the back, whacking me... you get the drift ;). Those kids can't sleep still for nothing!

- I'm thankful for great times at the museum and seeing new things.

- I'm thankful for my Mama's fried okra and catfish.

- I'm thankful for rides on Papa's tractor.

- I'm thankful to see my honey again in 24 hours ;).

So what are you thankful for? What fun times and blessings are you having this week?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Favorite Field Trips In Florida

Going on field trips is part of homeschooling, public schooling and just everyday life with kiddos. As homeschoolers, we love going on our field trips in the middle of the year when most other children and families are at school. ;) I'm just being an open book for a minute. Is that alright? Going when most other families are back in school or work means we have a pretty open reign of the exhibits or places we visit. I mean who likes to wait in line, right?

So here's a list of some of our favorite field trips to add to your must-see list:

1. Dinosaur World - If you have a dinosaur lover in your family, this is the place to be. Be sure to check out the fossil dig and take home a couple of real fossils while you're there. Enjoy a picnic at the large picnic area with playground after checking out all the life-size dinos. If you're heading out in the hotter days, be sure to take bug spray with you as the trail is in the wooded areas.

Meeting the dinosaurs!

Nana visiting with us. 
 2. MOSI - Science your favorite subject? Come get hands on with this awesome museum. We love visiting all the exhibits and the children's area is amazing. Everything is hands on and you can watch the IMAX while you're there. Large exhibits change throughout the year and offer awesome things like Mythbuster and chocolate!!

Bouncing off the wall... literally.

3. Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park - Learn all about Florida's animals in this amazing park. Meet manatees up close and personal or check out the amazing Florida black bear. See the animals that call Florida home all in one location. The best part? We had a 20 minute boat ride to the park that was simply awesome.

4. Parks and Historical Sights -Florida is chock full of parks and excitement outdoors. From beaches to hiking trails, you can find everything outdoors you could think of. Check out the fort at Ft. Desoto while you're swimming at the beach or discover Crystal River and its archaeological sights. There's always something new to discover.

5. Theme Parks - Yep. We even visit these for educational benefits at times. Seaworld, Busch Gardens, and even Universal can be educational. Learn about conservation efforts, animals around the world and how to make those crazy makeups in the movies.

These are just a few of our favorite field trips around Florida. What are your favorite trips where you live? How often do you do a field trip?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Week In Review - We Ran Away...

This week we took our summer "vacation" trip. We are enjoying some much needed down time. We are picking some apples and cooking an apple crisp or two.

We (well me) are enjoying coffee on the front porch and the view of beautiful trees.

We are hanging out and playing LEGO's with a little help.

We are having massive battles against the bad guys on the porch.

What are you guys doing this week??

Weekly Wrap-Up